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The Elegance At Hershey

June 13, 2017 Events, In the News

The Elegance At Hershey

By John Lamm

Go for the chocolate, stay for the cars

To those of us who have been eating Hershey chocolate bars since we were 5¢, a visit to their hometown is like a Ferrarist’s journey to Maranello.

Other than the amusement park, it is a neat company town, rather like Kohler, Wisconsin. One of its crowns is The Hotel Hershey, a large elegant guest residence that looks down on what that great philanthropist Milton Hershey hath wrought.

Come mid-June each year, the hotel’s grounds are given over to a concours with a unique signature. The roll call runs to only 75 cars and the atmosphere is quite relaxed.

That’s on Sunday. Friday and Saturday are devoted to The Grand Ascent hillclimb. Okay, it’s only 7/10ths of a mile long with an elevation change of 200 feet, but the beauty of the circuit’s shortness is that there is always something new rumbling or roaring through woods. Great sounds, from ancient fours to Corvette V-8s rattling through the trees.

There’s a vintage feel to the Ascent, not just because of the age of race cars, but the relaxed attitude, the hay bale boundaries of the paved course. Both noisy and laid back.

By the time the judges hit the field on Sunday there’s already a good crowd milling about. Unlike some concours, the judging standards are loosely called French rules. Sounds a bit exotic and naughty, but really means the vehicles are viewed for their beauty, provenance and presence. Their stories and style. Condition, of course, but no concern about the authenticity of hose clamps and such.

Great fun talking with the owners and hearing their stories.

Come mid afternoon, it’s to the rear of the hotel for the prize giving…again nicely informal and relaxed. Enjoy our gallery for many of the cars shown at Hershey and wait until you get to the Best of Show…Clark Gable was its first owner.

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John Lamm started his automotive journalism career in 1965 as a racing photographer for Autoweek magazine. After a tour in Vietnam, he joined Motor Trend in 1969, then Road & Track in 1975, where he worked for 37 years. He has also written for Car and Driver and Automobile magazines. Credits include 10 books and Lamm has been honored with the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy and the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor awards for writing. Lamm’s photo archives include hundreds of thousands of images ranging from an 1893 Benz Victoria to many of the latest automobiles. He is on the organizing committee for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for two decades. Lamm lives in San Clemente, California with his wife, Scheri.

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